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"Dr. Holland provides a timely emphasis on the corporate and communal structures of Paul's thinking as well as on its roots in the Old Testament ......it provides a fresh and useful treatment of Pauline theology, and many of its arguments offer corrections to widespread misunderstandings of Paul." ~ Anthony C. Thiselton (Emeritus Professor of Christian Theology in Residence, University of Nottingham, and Research Professor, University of Chester )

Tom Holland, lecturer at the Evangelical Theological College of Wales, has produced a welcome and important contribution to the controversial area of Pauline theology. This is a stimulating contribution to the current debate. ~ Bill James (Reformation Today)

Christian Focus Publications of Fearn, Ross-shire, are rapidly becoming one of Britain's major Christian publishers with a wide range of subjects and titles. This is an important book, raising issues beyond its own restricted themes. Pastors and teachers, and all concerned that our faith be the genuine article, would do well to invest in the cost of acquiring this book and in the effort needed to assimilate its contents ~ Dr. S. Westcott, British Church Newspaper

"Holland's book will greatly help us to a better understanding of Paul and will hopefully trigger much fruitful scholarly debate." ~ Christian Stettler (Cambridge University)

"It is refreshing to read something radically new in such a popular area as Pauline studies. This book should provide a timely and fruitful alternative to some of the theological emphases that have guided the church for too long." ~ William S. Campbell (University of Wales, Lampeter)

"In constant critical engagement... Holland maps out new ways of understanding Paul and offers new insights into a range of absolutely vital issues from justification to Christology, and new insights into Pauline texts from Romans to Colossians. Challenging, unsettling and infuriating Dr. Holland's tour de force cannot be ignored." ~ Peter Head (Cambridge University)

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Tom Holland, professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology. (Formerly known as ETCW)
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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Mentor; Reprint edition (November 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845506251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845506254
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dubious Disciple on March 4, 2012
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This is a deep, controversial look at some of the more important aspects of Paul's writings. Many scholars essentially consider Paul the founder of Christianity, recognizing his contributions in building a Gentile religion. But Holland adamantly disagrees, and points to Paul's Jewishness by addressing the dependence of Paul's theology on Hebrew Bible themes. Paul, he says, never left the religion of the Old Testament and never departed from the teachings of Jesus.

Central to Holland's thesis is the Passover and Exodus teachings, which he shows were a strong part of Jewish doctrine. Observing Jews anticipated a second exodus of some sort--though it appears there were differing ideas of what this second exodus would be like--and Holland recognizes this theme weaving its way through Paul's writings.

Holland leans on the community aspects of the Passover and Exodus themes to highlight two different ways of thinking: Individualistic, and Corporate. Consider Paul's writings about the Body of Sin. Does Paul mean our individual bodies are prone to sin, and warn about individual sinfulness, or is he concerned about community sanctification--mankind as a whole, or the Jewish nation, or the Christian community? Paul, says Holland, is speaking of the state of unredeemed humanity in its relationship to Satan (Sin). A man or woman's righteousness depends upon the community to which they belong ... a very Semitic way of thinking. I can't say I'm convinced yet, but before rejecting this line of thinking out of hand, Holland's arguments are worth further study, and I hope to read over Paul's letters soon from this vantage point.

So where do Gentiles fit in? The prophets said that the Gentiles would become members of the covenant community when the New Exodus had taken place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Mccormack on February 18, 2011
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I was really impressed with this book. It was thorough, and I will probably want to read it again to grasp some of the concepts better. But with it's heavy look at the Old Testament theology coming through in the New Testament, it gave me depth and insights in Paul's teachings that I was unaware of. The Second Exodus motif was eye opening, and the sections on the corporate body view were very enlightening. His critique of NT Wright (who I enjoy reading) was very helpful too. I have always felt that modern traditional pastor's and laymen are so far removed from the Jewish culture and understandings of things that interpretations not only lack substance, but at time totally miss the point. Books like these take you back and will definitely cause you to re-examine things with theology changing results for most. Two thumbs and two toes up!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mathew Sims on March 29, 2012
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New Exodus & the Paschal Community

The main thrust of Contours of Pauline Theology is that Paul did not depart from the gospel taught by Jesus and that his message was not hellenized; it was rooted in the Old Testament and in particular "the model of the Passover and the Exodus which he sees to have been a type of the work of Jesus" (12). In this way, what Holland is suggesting is a radical departure from the some of the popular and prominent New Testament scholarship.

He also emphasizes a corporate understanding of the New Testament epistles.

The significance of the synagogue experience was that it controlled the way Paul heard the Jewish scriptures. Hearing it corporately was not a distorting influence, for the messages of the prophets were rarely delivered to individuals, they were delivered to the people of the covenant collectively. The gathered congregation was therefore the ideal setting to hear the same word being delivered to another generation of the covenant people.

The same principle is being followed in Paul's letters. He expects the believers to gather together to hear them read. Indeed, the possibility of individuals having their own private copy could hardly have crossed the mind of the apostle. He wrote his letters to them to be read out and his arguments were therefore constructed with that setting in mind. In other words, the practice of interpreting letters written to churches as though they were to individuals, causes serious distortion when it comes to interpreting their contents. The letters are not about what God has done or is doing for a Christian. They are what God has done or is doing for His covenant people, the church. (40)

Upon these two ideas hang the entire book.
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